Exploring Thimphu in the summers- Bhutan diaries for the Indian traveller!

During my year in Thimphu I explored the entire city and here’s my top few must dos for Indian families and all tourists visiting this beautiful Himalayan kingdom:

Buddha Point, Thimphu, Bhutan
Buddha Point, Thimphu, Bhutan

# 1 Buddha Point : Great Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue and  is one of the largest Buddha statues in the world at a height of 51.5 metres.  Built at a cost of $100 million, the project stands out in Thimphu valley and is a mesmerizing sight when you are driving around town. Gilded in gold and bronze it looks absolutely majestic in the bright sunshine and mystical on days when the clouds enshroud it. We enjoyed many a lovely drives to the Bhuddha Point.

Buddha Point, Thimphu, Bhutan
Buddha Point                                                                                                                                        Picture Credits: Siddharth Kothari

Just sit back and take in the calm, peace and serenity of this lovely nation with the Bhuddha standing tall behind you and Thimphu valley spread out in the front.

View of the Thimphu Valley from Buddha Point
View of the Thimphu Valley from Buddha Point

It’s the most peaceful I have ever been , no hustle-bustle of the traffic, no loud blarring horns- its just you and the breeze and nature: inner nirvana.

 

# 2 Thimphu Chorten- This bright white  Memorial Chorten with ornate golden spires in the heart of Thimphu city is another peaceful worship place for the locals.

Thimphu Chorten, Bhutan
Thimphu Chorten, Bhutan                                                                                                                  Picture Credits: Siddharth Kothari

You will come across many elderly locals who are deep in meditation with prayer beads in their hand ; paying homage in their own manner. It’s a beautiful sight to see them feeding the pigeons with small Bhutanese kids helping them.

Bhutanese kids at the Thimphu Chorten, Bhutan
Bhutanese kids playing happily                                                                                                                   Picture Credits: Siddharth Kothari

The lovely flowers and gardens are enjoyable for photography enthusiasts.

Flowers at Thimphu Chorten, Bhutan
Lovely flowers at the Chorten                                                                                                                        Picture Credits: Siddharth Kothari

 

Flowers at Thimphu Chorten, Bhutan
Flowers at the Chorten in Bhutanese capital                                                                                                   Picture Credits: Siddharth Kothari

We went on a late evening drive and the chorten looks elegant at night when it is lighted up and the bright white walls reflect the lighting.

Chorten at Night
Chorten at Night

#3- Clock tower square- The clock tower in the main market is like a community gathering where a lot of cultural events are held from time to time. On any usual day you will see small Bhutanese kids playing there, or young teens playing the guitar or simply tourists photographing the  market place.

Clock Tower Square in Main Market Thimphu
Clock Tower Square in Main Market Thimphu

There are some very nice quaint cafes, restaurants and hotels overlooking the Clock Tower Square. It’s the place which gives you the perfect “local” vibe.

 

 

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